PRECIOUS-Gold firms as US-China trade impasse fuels safe-haven demand

Might 13 (Reuters) – Gold costs steadied on Monday as commerce talks between the USA and China hit a wall, elevating doubts over whether or not the 2 international locations would be capable to attain a deal, thereby boosting demand for safe-haven belongings.

FUNDAMENTALS

* Spot gold gained zero.1% to at $1,286.59 per ounce at 0113 GMT.

* U.S. gold futures have been regular at $1,287.90 an oz.

* The USA and China appeared at a impasse over commerce negotiations on Sunday as Washington demanded guarantees of concrete modifications to Chinese language legislation and Beijing mentioned it might not swallow any “bitter fruit” that harmed its pursuits.

* Washington had already hiked tariffs on $200 billion price of Chinese language exports on Friday, whereas U.S. President Donald Trump additional ordered his commerce chief to start the method of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China.

* Inventory futures turned purple in Asia early on Monday as a standoff in Sino-U.S. commerce talks blunted danger urge for food, underpinning secure harbours together with the Japanese yen and sovereign bonds.

* The safe-haven yen edged larger and the Chinese language yuan and Australian greenback dipped early on Monday after the newest escalation within the commerce battle between the USA and China.

* Gold demand jumped final week in India attributable to elevated retail purchases for key pageant and weddings on worth corrections, whereas premiums in China eased as shopping for slowed on the world’s high client.

* SPDR Gold Belief, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, mentioned its holdings fell zero.91 p.c to 733.23 tonnes on Friday from 739.94 tonnes on Thursday.

* Hedge funds and cash managers raised their internet lengthy positions in COMEX gold for the week to Might 7, the U.S. Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee (CFTC) mentioned final week.

* South Africa’s Competitors Appeals Court docket will rule subsequent week on a union request to dam the mining deal through which Sibanye-Stillwater intends to accumulate rival Lonmin , authorized counsel mentioned on Friday.

* The value hole between palladium and its sister steel platinum must shrink as primary platinum producer South Africa requires a better worth for the steel to maintain investing in new provide, Russia’s Norilsk Nickel mentioned.

DATA AHEAD (GMT)

* 1200 India CPI Inflation YY April (Reporting by Arijit Bose in Bengaluru; enhancing by Uttaresh.V)

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